By Onozure Dania
The administration of justice has received another boost with the introduction of an innovation aimed at assisting the Judiciary to effectively monitor judgments on appeal from the court of first instance, usually High Courts to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
The innovation was launched by a leading legal technology company, Law Pavilion.
Speaking at a media briefing, Managing Director of Law Pavilion, Mr Ope Olugasa, pointed out that while working closely with the Court of Appeal, the Appellate Feedback System for Judges (AFSJ) was conceptualised and developed by the organisation. According to him, the initiative was a response to the obvious need by Judges of courts of first instance to be promptly notified whenever matters they pronounced upon which went on appeal were decided by appellate courts.
He stated that the innovation was unveiled at the Biennial Judges’ Conference organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI), in Abuja.
The AFSJ is an unprecedented innovative solution that proposes to celebrate the skill and sagacity of high court judges who adjudicate and pronounce on millions of cases across the federation, to have their decisions upheld all the way to the Supreme Court.
The AFSJ is also an attempt to give Judges an impartial feedback on their performance such that they are personally motivated to consider all facts and the law before making pronouncements on matters before them.
Speaking further, Olugasa stated that a solution like the AFSJ was the needed incentive to facilitate massive improvement and support for the judiciary, especially from the Executive, as AFSJ could serve as a testament to the quality of judges on the Bench in a particular state.
Olugasa was optimistic that having demonstrated the rich possibilities of the AFSJ, the administrators of the judiciary at both the state and federal levels would be at the forefront of procuring this new innovation.